Pioneer History of the Holland Purchase of Western New York: Embracing Some Account of the Ancient Remains, and a History of Pioneer Settlement Under the Auspices of the Holland Company ; Including Reminiscences of the War of 1812 ; the Origin, Progress and Completion of the Erie Canal, Etc., Etc., Etc

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Jewett, Thomas & Company, 1850 - Allegany County (N.Y.) - 670 pages

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Page 92 - This principle was that discovery gave title to the government by whose subjects or by whose authority it was made against all other European governments, which title might be consummated by possession.
Page 596 - Providence, which has dealt her favors to us with so profuse a hand. Would to God we may have wisdom enough to improve them. I shall not rest contented, till I have explored the western country, and traversed those lines, or great part of them, which have given bounds to a new empire.
Page 194 - The waters which fall from this horrible precipice do foam and boil after the most hideous manner imaginable, making an outrageous noise, more terrible than that of thunder; for when the wind blows out of the south, their dismal roaring may be heard more than fifteen leagues off.
Page 193 - A new Discovery of a Vast Country in America extending above Four Thousand Miles, between New France and New Mexico; with a Description of the Great Lakes, Cataracts, Rivers, Plants, and Animals.
Page 92 - ... their rights to complete sovereignty, as independent nations, were necessarily diminished, and their power to dispose of the soil at their own will, to whomsoever they pleased, was denied by the original fundamental principle, that discovery gave exclusive title to those who made it.
Page 115 - THE groves were God's first temples. Ere man learned To hew the shaft, and lay the architrave. And spread the roof above them, — ere he framed The lofty vault, to gather and roll back The sound of anthems ; in the darkling wood, Amidst the cool and silence, he knelt down, And offered to the Mightiest solemn thanks And supplication.
Page 105 - For the holy sign of the cross is there : And should he chance at that place to be. Of a Sabbath morn, or some hallowed day. When prayers are made and masses are said. Some for the living and some for the dead. Well might that traveller start to see The tall dark forms, that take their way From the birch canoe, on the river shore.
Page 114 - Near the latitude of thirty-three degrees, on the western bank of the Mississippi, stood the village of Mitchigamea, in a region that had not been visited by Europeans since the days of De Soto. ' Now,' thought Marquette, ' we must, indeed, ask the aid of the Virgin.
Page 596 - I shall not rest contented until I have explored the Western country, and traversed those lines (or a great part of them) which have given bounds to a new empire.
Page 114 - Illinois,' said they; that is, when translated, ' We are men;' and they offered the calumet. An aged chief received them at his cabin with upraised hands, exclaiming, ' How beautiful is the sun, Frenchmen, when thou comest to visit us! Our whole village awaits thee; thou shall enter in peace into all our dwellings.

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